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there are people trying it. from tunisia to hosni mubarak, the great u.s. ally of three decades. to yemen, to worries about al qaeda and extremism in that area of the world. he is supposedly our ally against terrorism. even moammar gadhafi, most americans if they think of him at all think of him as a ridiculous cartoon villain. even he has recently been considered an ostensible american ally. whose planes the american military shot down in 1986. a man whose house ronald reagan shot a missile. even gadhafi was made into a supposed u.s. ally by the george call a diplomatic victory after the fiasco that was the fake weapons of mass destruction in iraq. it is hard enough to figure out how americans can best help out popular uprisings of people that want to determine their own future instead of living under a despot. that is hard enough. how do you figure it out when the despot in question is our despot. when he has enjoyed american support, american seal of approval? that's why there was this collective national stomach turning when we saw images of made in the usa tear gas cannisters thrown
. presidents making oval office announcements about u.s. wars, about u.s. military interventions. some of them amounting to small wars, some amounting to very large wars. now that the united states has embarked on its latest new military intervention in libya, i would love to be able to show you the current president's oval office address on the subject, but there isn't one. president obama did make a public statement saturday afternoon that we had started that military intervention in libya, but did so from the confines of a convention center in brazil. eight years to the day that george w. bush stared unsteadily into the camera and announced the iraq invasion, president obama announced his own military intervention, but pointedly declined the opportunity to do it in a way that u.s. presidents usually do. president obama taking all sorts of criticism from the right over the past few days for not cancelling his trade visit to latin america as a result of this military action in libya. and the white house knew that criticism would come. their decision to go ahead with the trip anyway, to forego
of american commitment to the war and how much the u.s. is willing to devote to that war in terms of money and time and equipment and man power and risk. in terms of america's lead military role in the war thus far, the obama administration has been saying from the start that the u.s. would hand that off in a matter of days, not weeks. 11 days ago in a meeting with congressional leaders, president obama reportedly assured members of congress that the handover would be, and i quote, in days, and not weeks. defense secretary bob gates echoed that time line on board a military plane a few days later to moscow. >> we expect in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition. we will be a member of the coalition, a military role in the coalition, but we will not have the preeminent role. >> in a matter of days, we will not have the preeminent role. that was over a week ago. fast forward to sunday night when nato supreme allied commander in europe posted this update on facebook, yes, seriously, a facebook update. he said, q
, some u.s. service members were absolutely tested positive for having been exposed to radiation, that folks at two of the u.s. naval bases that are in the tokyo area were asked to stay indoors. i mean, just these reports that continue to trickle out. and i think you have to add into that, rachel, the fact that there are growing concerns about whether or not the folks here know the entire story. it's not in the nature of the japanese, necessarily, to strongly question these kinds of things but those questions are starting to be asked. and so even here a growing sense of unease and even if you could avoid those news reports, we continue to have these after shocks. there was a pretty big one several hours ago. shook the building where i am right now. so there are these constant reminders everywhere you go, rachel. >> is the government able to accomplish the basic facts of an authority in a situation like this in terms of communicating with people in terms of managing people's communication with one another, facilitating that -- water, food, shelter, health care? the government exer
and afghanistan back in 2001? "t tesgo o oitwa i rorngonhto y no. first in afghanistan, the cia worked with u.s. military forces on the ground in afghanistan. in libya, the u.s. is still ruling out ground troops. so far in libya, the u.s. is not saying we are doing that. the u.s. is not saying we are arming the rebels, but as i understand it, this presidential finding if it has happened would be the kind of instrument that president obama would use to authorize something like arming the rebels. again, i am not totally clear on what the presidential finding would mean if there is one, and since we don't know for a fact there definitely was one, it is hard to say exactly what its terms are. that's one of the things we are going to try to figure out with michael isikoff from nbc in a moment. what we know about the legality of this, presidential findings have been around for decades, presidents using them for covert operations have to notify the top democrat and republican in the house and senate, as well as top democrat and republican on the intelligence committees in both the house and the senate
or airplanes. he stressed the u.s. is diplomatically supporting the no-fly zone, not the enforcement itself. no american troops on the ground, no american planes, no enforcement itself, that's what we know. what we don't know is a lot bigger. joining us now, eugene robinson, pulitzer prize winning columnist for "the washington post." thanks for being here. >> good evening, chris. >> what do you make of president obama's remarks on libya today? are we now at war? was that the communication? even coming away from it, i had a hard time answering that question for myself. >> when i heard the president's speech, i thought gee, we might be, and here is why. he said very clearly that as far as he's concerned and the united states is concerned, gadhafi has lost the legitimacy to lead. he forfeited the right to be president of libya, and he set these demands, gadhafi has to stop, he has to withdraw, these are not negotiable and there will be consequences. so that to me says we are going to use force to make gadhafi do what we want him to do. >> and of course, if he doesn't do what we want him to do,
-fly zone command and control zone responsibilities in libya from the u.s. military. that announcement confirmed by secretary of state hillary clinton in washington tonight. we will have more detail on that coming up in tonight's show, including what this means for the fast-heating-up american politics about this war. that is all coming up. but we begin tonight with an exclusive report. this is something we have been working on for some time. you will not see this anywhere else. all right. do you have an air bag in your car? depending on the age of your car, you probably do. you probably have lots of air bags in your car. you may have one built into your steering wheel, into the dashboard, on the passenger side. you might have side impact air bags if you sprung for them. if you drive every day, you probably don't give the air bags in your car much everyday thought. but the overall concept about them is that the air bag isn't there to prevent an accident from happening in the first place but if an accident does happen the air bag is there to essentially limit the damage. it is your last
. or remember this, the northern islands, u.s. commonwealth, a helpful map, look, it is a dot. the u.s. government did an investigation into working conditions there, and found that sweatshop workers there were not only working in sweatshop conditions, they were forced into prostitution. they were forced to have abortions. so maybe stuff being manufactured under those conditions, forced abortions, maybe the stuff of corporations shouldn't carry the made in the usa label. maybe they haven't earned that. in the mid 1990s, jack abramoff took on the northern mariana islands as a client and put tim phillips and ralph reed on the case. they got them to lobby their member of congress in favor of forced abortion, forced prostitution sweatshop on the grounds that the chinese laborers were being introduced to jesus while they were there. presumably, that was between the forced abortions and forced prostitution. i asked him about it when we had him on the show in 2009. his answer was essentially, you know, that was a really long time ago. may have been a long time ago. dude still has the same bas
to you at home for staying with us for the next hour as well. the u.s. handed over military operations in libya to nato today, sort of. the president of yemen offered to step down today, sort of. the government of canada was toled today, srt f, and pastte ecuin much larger area around the busted nuclear reactors today, sort of. it was a day of huge headlines, with equally huge devils in the details of all of these big stories. but we're going to start with u.s. politics, where we don't really do details. we tend to like things blunt and simple. case in point. there is a magic word in washington politics. the well earned common wisdom about this word is that if you attach this special magic word to a proposal to something the government could spend money on, doesn't matter how bad an idea it is, how many smart people think it is a stupid thing, if it has this magic word attached to it, it becomes politically invincible, can't be killed. the magic word is defense. and it is well earned common wisdom in washington that any spending that is labeled "defense" is pretty much untouchable spen
radiation exposure was detected in 17 members of the u.s. navy doing relief mission to japan. it was equivalent to one month's worth of radiation. the way they were decontaminated was through using soap and water. the disaster in japan is, of course, still on-going. one of the ways the japanese government is trying to avoid nuclear meltdown at the reactors is by periodically releasing steam into the atmosphere of the reactors, steam that is radio actively contaminated. officials say the radioactive releases don't pose a major health risk, but if they continue doing this, does it have a cumulative effect? japanese officials estimate about 190 people have been exposed at some level to some radiation from the plant within the last four days. should we expect that number to go up and what are the potential long term effects here. joining us now, david brenner, the director for center of radiological research. columbia medical center. thanks for being here. appreciate it. >> appreciate it. >> did i get anything wrong? >> you had it right. >> i keep saying bad news things leading i
regulatory commission making the announcement that preceded the u.s. government saying that we think people should evacuate a region even larger than japan had suggested. it's a short statement that he makes here. i'm just going to play it one more time for emphasis. >> we believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures. >> which could possibly impact -- which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures. here's how "the new york times" explained why that is so important, why i think that sound bite was important enough to play twice. i think they said this exactly right, and it's really important. "if the american analysis is accurate and emergency crews at the plant have been unable to keep the spent fuel at that inoperative reactor properly cooled, radiation levels could make if difficult not only to fix the problem at reactor number 4 but to keep servicing any of the other problem reactors at the plant. in the worst case, experts say, workers could be forced to vacate the plant altogether, and the fue
hurdle to make it harder for students to vote. the u.s. supreme court has affirmed that if you are living somewhere to attend college there you can vote there. but that doesn't mean republicans have to make it easy. so no student i.d.s. in new hampshire republicans are trying the same deal. >> the kids coming out of the school and basically doing what i did when i was a kid, voting as a liberal. you know, that's what kids do. they don't have life experience and they just vote their feelings. >> stupid kids. that new hampshire republican legislator there has introduced legislation that would only let college students vote in their college towns if they or their parents had previously established permanent residency there. another new hampshire bill would end election day registration, which would disproportionately impact first-time voters and young voters, who, again, are more likely to vote democratic. over in texas they're dealing with a massive $27 billion budget deficit. in order to deal with that state's disastrous budget emergency, republican governor rick perry has introduced five
to guard the u.s. embassy in kabul. they found a really novel way to spend down time, dancing naked, some in coconut bras ears to celebrate the challenge out of reaching vodka out of hard to reach faces in the rear facing portion of one another's naked bodies. as my grandmother may have put it if she were still watching from this point, they drank spirits from each other's nothers. scott walker improperly fired the union security guys, brought in wackenhut instead. took $5 off the wages, slashed benefits. wackenhut hired a man with a criminal record who had done jail time and put him in charge of security at milwaukee courthouses and other city buildings. now because the courts ruled that mr. walker did all of that improperly under the very transparent cover of a ginned up financial emergency, sound familiar? milwaukee is locked into paying double right now for a service it already has. the old union security guards are back, and they still have wackenhut on the job as well. the journal sentinel noting that none of the annual savings mr. walker promised from his union busting in milwaukee
for the force he used against his own people. if you've heard rumors about u.s. war ships positioning themselves closer to libya, you heard right. the amphibious assault ship and the aircraft carrier the u.s.s. enterprise are in the neighborhood. nobody knows if there will be a no fly zone for them to enforce or what other military action may be ahead either by the united states or by the international community more broadly. today the gadhafi regime on the one hand used troops and special forces to attack an oil refinery and two cities close to tripoli. they sent fighter jets to bomb sites in eastern libya. on the other hand the colonel himself told abc that libyans love him. he says the people of libya love him so he has no plans to step down. also, he is bombing them. also he can't step down he says because he is not even really technically the president or king or anything so what would he be stepping down from? his colonelship? delusions, civil war, ukrainian nurses, or not, the forecast for moammar gadhafi's future as the leader of libya looks to be short and brutal. we will keep you poste
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a point on that. >> we also have to think about frankly the use of the u.s. military in another country in the middle east. >> another one, in addition to the others. military force is not defense or even defense. it's military force, planes, guns, war ships, ammunition, force with a capital f. as much as our country wants to stop what gadhafi is doing in libya, the pentagon is telling congress the military force options for doing that are not good options. joining us now, nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel live in the capitol of tripoli. richard, thank you very much for joining us. are you safe and sound out there? >> we're actually very much in the eye of the storm. it is a very surreal situation in tripoli. there's almost an environment like people are pretending the war doesn't happen here, shops are open, people are going to work. the internet is working, phones are up. it is a different reality from rebel held libya. so right in the capitol, there are troops and armors rigging the city. but when you get to the middle of it, it feels very calm. >> in tripoli tonight, sho
but a macaca life. 58-year-old george felix allen has been elected congressman, governor, and u.s. senator from the commonwealth of virginia, flaunting racial attitudes and symbols from the '80s, 1880s. young allen started early. it was reported he had always been attracted to the notion of the old confederacy driving around in high school in california with a confederate flag on his car. he posed for his high school year book wearing a confederate pin on his collar. duke? no. hazard? most definitely. from then on throughout his legal and political career allen just kept on whistling dixie. like allen hung a noose from a tree in his law office. a noose. allen claimed it was more of a lasso and has nothing to do with lynching. he pictured the confederate stars and bars in his first campaign ad for governor of virginia. he signed a confederate heritage month proclamation that described the civil war as a four-year struggle for independence and sovereign rights. and nothing else. he opposed creating a holiday for martin luther king and opposed the 1991 civil rights act. when he was governor allen
humanitarian assistance to the libyan border region, including u.s. military aircraft to fly home foreigners who fled into neighboring tunisia but then got stuck there. today the refugees at this camp in tunisia passed the time by playing soccer. this was ghana versus nigeria. the country of spain flew some of the refugees, egyptians, home to cairo today. meanwhile, the violence the refugees have been fleeing has continued. in the central part of the country fighter jets again bombed the rebels today as the rebels and gadhafi's ground troops fought for control of brega's oil facilities. generally speaking, reports from libya indicate that rebels have been holding ground when gadhafi's forces have been trying to take that ground back. that is not a good sign for the dictator. when you are the dictator, when you're supposedly in charge and you pick a military fight with a leaderless resistance, that is a fight you should expect to win. but gadhafi has not been winning. the rebels appear to be mourning their dead when people are killed and then replacing them with even greater numbers of fighte
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